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Founded in Switzerland in 1988, AiEP cultural association (acronym of Avventure in Elicottero Prodotti) was born thanks to the common intents of a group of artists, interested in producing multimedia projects and developing an artistic language that draws on different forms of art (dance, music, video-art, design).

In 1996 Ariella Vidach and Claudio Prati, two of the founders of AiEP, established in Milan another cultural association, Ariella Vidach - AiEP, widening the geographic and artistic horizons in order to deepen the research on new technologies applied to contemporary dance and performing arts.

For more than 20 years, AiEP’s artistic path has been exploring interactivity in a growing of complexity: from video projections on stage to nearly invisible sensors worn by the dancers, passing for motion capture and computer graphic, the relation between body, choreography and interactive systems has gone deepening and the interferences between art and technology have become more and more refined and evocative.

AiEP/Showreel 2008 from Ariella Vidach on Vimeo.

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ARIELLA VIDACH

Between 1980 and 1989 she lived in New York, where she studied ballet and post-modern dance. She followed the work and the teaching of the new-dance generation most influential choreographers: Trisha Brown, Steve Paxton, Bill T. Jones, Dana Reitz.

She started producing her own work in 1982.

She has been collaborating with Claudio Prati since 1986. Her choreography has been presented in several dance festivals in the U.S.A., Canada and Europe (Holland, Luxembourg, Germany, France, Switzerland, Slovenia, Slovakia, Macedonia and Italy).

At the beginning of 2005 DiDstudio opened, the new centre Ariella Vidach and her company use to promote, teach and develop their researches in contemporary dance.

Today, she lives in Milan, where teaches dance and contact improvisation at Civica Scuola Paolo Grassi and continues her activity of promotion and research at DiDstudio.

CLAUDIO PRATI

Born in Bern (Switzerland) he graduate in Gymnastics & Sports at ETH Zurich, in Sculpture at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera in Milano and trained as a Mime at the school of Piccolo Teatro in Milano.

Between 1986 and 1988 he lived in New York, where he studied Videoart and Special Project mixed media at New York University, as well as Contact Improvisation Dance at the Movement Research Centre and PS 122.

Back to Lugano (Switzerland), he founded Avventure in Elicottero Prodotti cultural Association with Ariella Vidach, Carlo Somaini and Marcello Mazzella and in 1996 he was the founding partner of Ariella Vidach - AiEP dance company in Milan.

In 1998 he was member of the international jury for the prestigious “Premio PIXEL IMAGINA - INA-1998″ in Montecarlo. The same year he produced for Levi’s in “SMAU 1998″ the installation In-Touch, dedicated to the exhibition High-Life -The daily digital horizon.

In 1999 he produced video Beat BOX, inspired to the homonymous performance, which was selected at the “TTV” competition in Riccione. One year later the digital video E-motions, co-produced with RTS1 (Radio Televisione Svizzera Italiana) received the special mention at “Electronic Choreographer 2000″ and was finalist at the “TTV 2002″ competition in Riccione. In 2004 he produced with TSI - Italian Swiss Television the video Les Buffers that takes part to TTV Festival (Riccione), Videodance (Athens) and Invideo Festival (Milan).

In 2006 he produced CROMOSONICS, his new video dance work, interpreted and choreographed by Ariella Vidach.

Today, he lives and works in Lugano and Milan.